The Youth Bureau is a department in local government that funds and assists in both the development and implementation of programs and services for children and young people under 21. Our major responsibilities include advocacy and the funding of programs aimed at improving and enhancing the welfare of Greene County children, youth and families. The staff is always available to work with citizen groups and organizations on issues concerning youth. It is funded in part by NYS Office Children and Family Services, the Greene County Legislature and donations.
The Youth Bureau assists in developing and funding programs which encourage youth to become involved, develop a sense of responsibility, and make a positive contribution to their community. Throughout Greene County, cultural and recreational opportunities are provided to build character and encourage physical, emotional and intellectual growth.
Direct Services Available:
Funded in part by NYS Office Children and Family Services
Greene County Legislature – Donations
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to develop and recommend policy and procedures that guide the activities of the Youth Bureau in providing opportunities that improve the lives of families and youth in Greene County. The Board is a policy making board responsible for direction of the Youth Bureau. The Board meets six times a year on Wednesday evenings.
The Board shall be comprised of not fewer than 13 members and no more than 20 members who are residents of Greene County. Members must be at least 16 years of age at date of appointment. Membership should represent residents of the various towns in Greene County, agencies serving youth, or youth receiving services.
Potential members should have qualities that enable them to function effectively. They should be able to recognize the needs of youth in the community and take an active role in working toward building a continuum care system. Important personal qualifications include leadership, ability to positively interact with others, commitment to representing the interests of youth, and a willingness to devote time and effort to the board’s goals.
Official appointment is made by the Greene County Legislature. If you are interested in joining the Greene County Children, Youth & Community Advisory Board, please complete the Youth Bureau Advisory Board Application Form and mail to:
Greene County Youth Bureau
411 Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414
A Person in Need of Supervision is a person less than 18 years of age who does not attend school, who is incorrigible, ungovernable or habitually disobedient and beyond the lawful control of a parent or other person legally responsible for the child or who has committed the offense of Unlawful Possession of Marihuana or is a runaway.
This is a voluntary assessment of behaviors, consequences, goals and options. Working with the family, this program will help you develop a plan that will prevent you from entering the Diversion Program at Greene County Probation.
This is also a voluntary process similar in scope to Pre-PINS, HOWEVER, you are assigned a Probation Officer that attempts to resolve the problem behaviors without Family Court Intervention.
This is a document that brings the PINS behavioral issues to Family Court. This is an action of last resort. All voluntary efforts have failed and /or the safety of the child or others is in question. You no longer get to decide — a judge does.
Parents, Guardians, Schools, Law Enforcement may make a referral to this program. A meeting will be scheduled with the parent, child and referral source to address the issues at hand. You must first complete the Pre-PINS process with the Youth Bureau before PINS Diversion or a PINS Petition is acted upon.
If a petition is filed with the court, your involvement is no longer voluntary. All decisions are made by Family Court. Your child may be placed on Probation for 1 year with mandatory conditions imposed on both the parent/guardian and the child. Your child may be taken away from you and placed in a foster home or facility. During this time, you will be expected to pay child support to the county. The Court may determine that the parent/guardian is neglectful and will hold them accountable for their actions as well as inactions.
Parents/Guardians will be a part of the effort to identify their child’s needs and work toward securing the necessary preventive services and behavioral changes needed for a successful outcome. Probation coordinates the process and addresses all matters where the voluntary resources have been tried and been unsuccessful.